Before the last day and the last two rounds of the Rapid Tournament Report was the only first, followed by Caruana and Karjakin.

Azerbaijani Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Mariana Vasileva opens the tour

In the first five rounds, the Hungarian lost only to Caruana (after a tie-break from Armageddon), but he won all of his other mini-matches without a tie-break.

However, the sixth round resulted in another loss for Rapport. He lost the first game against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and was unable to rebound in the second game.

Karjakin somewhat surprisingly lost his sixth round match against Vugar Asadli, while Caruana won smoothly against Anand to earn three more points.

But Rapport bounced back in the final round with a clear victory over David Navara.

Report, Richard (2763) – Navara, David (2697)

7th Gashimov Memorial – Rapid 2021 (7.1)

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3 Nf6 4.d3 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 The white configuration is known from the Philidor tusk with inverted colors.

6 … Bd6 7.0–0 0–0 8.Nc3 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Bg4 10.h3 Bh5 11.Rb1 Rb8 12.g4 Bg6 13.Ng5 Be7 14.Ne4 f5 15.gxf5 Bxf5 16.Be3 Qd7 17.Qh5 g6 18.Qf3 In a previous game, an online blitz, White played here 18.Dh6 but after 18 … Nd8 19.Bd2 Ne6 20.Ng3 Nf4 21.Bxf4 exf4 22.Qxf4 Bxd3 23.Qd2 Bf5 Black was better, Safarli, E (2681) -Mikhalevski, V (2581) INT 2019, ½ – ½ (45)

18 … Bb6 19.Qg3 Bxa2 20.Rb5 Bb6 21.Cc5 The knight is so strong that Black must abandon the pair of bishops.

21 … Bxc5 22.Txc5 Qd6 23.Tb1 With the threat of Rxb7.

23 … Rfe8

24.h4 Advancing the h-pawn increases the pressure. Obviously, White is in charge. 24.Rxb7 Rxb7 25.Rxc6 Qd7 was possible, but not as strong as 24.h4 since Be6 is protected.

24 … Ne7 Black gives a pawn to activate his pieces. Otherwise, it will remain completely passive. 24 … Nd4 is not much better: 25.cxd4 exd4 26.Bxd4 Qxd4 27.Txc7 + –

25.Dxe5 Nf5 26.Bf4 Bf7? It costs Black a trade. Better was 26 … Qxe5 27.Bxe5 Nxh4 28.Bh1 although White had the best final. He is a downed pawn but the fools are powerful.

27.Qxe8 + Rxe8 28.Bxd6 cxd6 29.Ra5 Nxh4 30.Rxb7 Re1 + 31.Kh2 Re2 32.Raxa7 Rxf2 33.Rxf7 Txf7 34.Bd5 Nf3 + 35.Kg3 1–0

Meanwhile, Caruana lost his crucial match against Mamedyarov while Karjakin got a “triple” against Rauf Mamedyov.

Thus, Rapport and Karjakin share the first place with 16 points each in the end. Caruana and Mamedyarov share third and fourth places with 14 points each.


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1 Richard Report (2750) HUN 16
2 Sergei Karzakin (2757) RUS 16
3 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2727) AZE 14
4 Fabiano Caruana (2770) United States 14
5 Raouf Mamedov (2690) AZE 9
6 David Navara (2706) CZECH 8
seven Vugar Asadli (2309) AZE 4
8 Viswanathan Anand (2748) INDIANA 3



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